This surely wasn’t the way new Eagles defensive coordinator Todd Bowles saw his career as a defensive coordinator starting. He stood on the Eagles sideline and saw the Falcons put together a 16-play, 8 plus minute drive, which ended in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Drew Davis.
On the first touchdown of the game, the Falcons faked a quick screen to Julio Jones and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Kurt Coleman took the fake. Davis was wide open in the end zone.
For the rest of the game, the Falcons killed the Eagles with quick screen to Jones. You’ve got to give Atlanta credit, they had a good game plan and they went out there and executed it.
Nmandi Asomugha came up in a press technique against Julio Jones. I thought sure he was going to get a good jam on Jones when he released. He was in position but he didn’t jam him. He decided to just try to run with Jones, but did he read the scouting report. Jones runs a 4.3 in the forty yard dash.
The Falcons receiver ran off and left Asomugha. The Eagles corner had to dive at Jones’ legs, but he made it easy for him.
The Eagles registered two sacks in the game. The first occurred when defensive tackle Cedric Thornton reached over one of the Falcons offensive guards and knocked Matt Ryan down. The other occurred with the clock running out when Ryan let Cullen Jenkins sack him by sliding on the ground rather risk turning the ball over.
Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks was called for three pass interference penalties. Two times he was called for interfering with with future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez and the other time he was caught grabbing Roddy White on a crossing route near the five yard line. It was a big play because it gave the Falcons a new set of downs.